05/10/2005 12:00AM

Don't leave Swing the Cat off ticket


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - On the chance that the pick six carried over again to the Thursday program at Churchill Downs, things stood to get really interesting.

A carryover of $471,588 awaited horseplayers Wednesday at Churchill after failing to be won on Kentucky Derby Day. At least two races with solid favorites were part of the pick six Wednesday, when the total pool was expected to soar well past the $1 million mark. If those favorites, and perhaps a couple of other logical horses, were to prevail, then the Thursday card figures to be, well, just another Thursday card.

But if not . . .

The Thursday feature, a $50,800 allowance carded as the ninth race, is fairly typical of the rest of the pick six, which runs from races 5 to 10. More horses were entered than can start, and although there are several solid contenders, there is no clear-cut favorite.

, with Robby Albarado riding for trainer Niall O'Callaghan, looks about as good as any in the feature. In her last two starts, Swing the Cat has finished first (although she was disqualified to third) at Gulfstream Park and third at Keeneland, both at this same first-level rank.

Eleven fillies and mares - including one also-eligible and another designated for the main track only - make up the Thursday feature, which is scheduled for a mile on grass.

Similarly large, well-matched fields are in store for the surrounding pick six events.

In the fifth race, is the 7-2 program favorite in an over-capacity group of maiden-claiming fillies. The sixth, for bottom-rank claimers, also has a full field and 7-2 favorite, Real Monarch. The seventh provides the lone standout of the gimmick, at least on paper: Zurich, trained by Bill Mott, who might even be odds-on.

The eighth has only eight starters, but still the program favorite, , is a relatively high 3-1. And after the featured ninth, the 10th race has several logical players, led by the 8-5 morning-line choice, Joyjoyjoy.

First post is 1:15 p.m. Eastern, with the fifth race set for 3:15.

* Ghostzapper, the 2004 Horse of the Year, worked six furlongs Tuesday morning in 1:10.80 over a fast Churchill surface. "He went really well," said Joe Deegan, who was aboard for trainer Bobby Frankel.

* Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will be named on horses beginning Saturday, said his agent, Doc Danner. Day, the all-time leading rider at Churchill, rode sparingly at the Gulfstream Park meet before undergoing hip surgery March 30.